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This morning during our family prayer time, Campster was distracted by a bird outside the window.  It was gone by the time we were done praying.  But she described it to me, and we got a bird book our of our family library and looked it up.  It was a male Cardinal.  Campster has decided that she would like to identify birds and track which birds she has seen.

You can't have every book known to man in your personal library.  Space and money will limit your choices.  And if you move often, you will need to own even fewer books, as they are often the heaviest and most expensive things to move.

What books should you make certain to have on your bookshelves?  Having resource books is so helpful.  It allows you to take advantage of teachable moments when your child is the most inspired to learn.  Search for books that your library is getting rid of.  Unfortunately, libraries often purge their older books.  Yes, there are new things learned all the time, and they want to stay up to date.  But books about birds, human anatomy, trees, stars, flowers, animals, rocks, shells, etc. will be most inspirational when they have the beautiful old drawings that the older books do.  Many of the older books are not available on Amazon.  But if you are wanting to buy some, here are some of the books I would suggest:

I would also recommend that once your kids are of "school age" you invest in a microscope.  There are so many things to look at with a microscope.  Tap water, saliva, dragonfly wings, leaves, and pond water all reveal God's glory and design.

 Of course the internet is also a great resource.  Last fall, we saw a snake in our yard.  I brought my laptop out, and we were able to identify it.  It wasn't poisonous, but it would eat our chicken eggs, so Big Dad killed it.  Then Jor Man suggested that we skin it.  Yep, I found that on the internet, too.  He still has the skin.  I also looked up recipes for snake meat.  But, no, we didn't do that.  Of course, with Big Dad not working, we may need to look into that. . . Just kidding!

Wish you were here!


Anonymous said...

Beauty Mom - hmmm, I just realized that your initials are BM if I shorten it -- how pleased are you with the microscope that you referred to in the post above? Amazon lists it as "40x, 100x & 400x magnifications " What can you see and what can't you see? I've been checking some out on ebay, but they were 1000x and in the 200 to 300 dollar range.


Anonymous said...

Oh, and the photo of the snake -brrrrr- is this what I have to look forward to with my son? Eeeeek!


paisley said...

Boys and snakes. And worms. And frogs. If it grosses mom out, all the better!

I am not so much recommending that particular microscope as I am recommending that you have one. Remember that you want it to last through grade school - so get one that is fairly sturdy. There are cheaper plastic models out there, but they break easily. Buy one that is nice enough that you put it up high on a shelf and only get it down when you want. It isn't a toy. Figure you will get a higher magnification one for Junior High and High School. This is not for research, but for instilling a curiosity about the world and a comfort with microscopes.
With much love, Beauty Mom (It's what my hubby calls me!)

Carrien said...

Aaron has cooked rattlesnake. The Girl especially liked it and ate almost the whole thing. :)

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